The City’s Ethics Review Board (ERB) voted Tuesday that a panel of its members further examine proposed revisions to the City’s campaign finance code.
The City Council Governance Committee is expected to meet Sept. 20 to consider the ERB’s recommendations on changes to the campaign finance and ethics codes.
Board members briefly discussed finalizing verbiage for one potential revision directed at campaign contributions from company owners, top executives, and board members bidding on high-profile City contracts. The same rule would apply to subcontractors of that company.
But the board is far from reaching a consensus on another revision. In a Council Consideration Request (CCR), Councilman John Courage (D9) proposed that municipal candidates be required to report the job title and employer of any individual who contributes more than $100 to their campaign.
Courage said this change to the campaign finance code would bolster the City’s efforts to foster greater transparency.
The proposed rule, Courage added, could help candidates running for City office, as well as their campaign contributors, ensure they are not violating local campaign finance laws.
“The reason that this [proposal] exists is for full disclosure,” Courage told board members Tuesday.
Candidates for statewide and legislative office are currently required to submit contributors’ main profession and their employer’s name for total contributions of $500 or more during a reporting period. Federal election laws have a similar requirement.
Having run for Congress and the State Legislature in the past, Courage said he is used to reporting such information on specific campaign donors.
He added that most contributions to a candidate running for City office would not seem suspicious, but that several from an individual, business, or organization could raise red flags with watchdogs on the lookout for special interest ties.
“Understanding and disclosing where that money comes from is…